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Biology of Snail-Killing Sciomyzidae Flies

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  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521867856

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  • Written for academic researchers and graduate students in entomology, this is the first comprehensive analysis of Sciomyzid flies. Sciomyzid flies are important as prime candidates for the biological control of snails and slugs that help transmit diseases such as schistosomiasis or are important agricultural pests. They also serve as a paradigm for the study of the evolution of feeding behavior in predatory insects. Starting with analyses of malacophagy in general and then in Diptera specifically, all important aspects of the Sciomyzidae are discussed, including behavior, ecology, life cycles, morphology, and identification. New behavioral and morphological classifications and hypotheses are proposed on the basis of unpublished information and a complete analysis of the extensive literature. Also included are keys to adults, larvae and puparia and a checklist of world species, with information on geographical range and the location of type specimens. The accompanying DVD includes Clifford O. Berg's classic film on the biology of Sciomyzidae and biological control of snails.

    • Brings together information from over 3000 technical publications and unpublished reports, providing an invaluable review of all of the important research in the field
    • Includes identification keys to all adults and immature stages from all world regions enabling efficient and authoritative identification of specimens
    • A checklist presents the essential data on all 450 world species in a concise format
    • Accompanying DVD provides valuable background information on the biological control of snails
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "While the extent of our current knowledge of these flies falls short of a medically important family such as mosquitoes, this is one of the fullest accounts of the biology of any family of flies yet to be published, and this transformation has occurred in the last half century. The book is destined to be the springboard for the next half century of research on these attractive and intriguing flies."
    Henry Disney

    "This is a useful book containing a very detailed overview of the subject. It is written for academics, graduate students and specialists and is certainly not a ‘coffee table’ book. It is thoroughly recommended for those interested in Sciomyzidae and it is hoped it will encourage workers to address the many gaps in knowledge revealed in the book."
    J. W. Ismay, Journal of Insect Conservation

    "It is my opinion that this beautifully compiled work will serve as the sciomyzid "Bible" for many years to come, being a valuable reference to anyone interested in biological, ecological, and evolutionary studies of Diptera."
    Eric Chapman, University of Kentucky for American Entomologist

    "...This work is certainly a necessity for the desk of any acalyptrate fly specialist, particularly those interested in sciomyzids, but there is certainly enough here to satisfy anyone with an interest in the evolution of predation and parasitoid behavior, and this book goes much further than that!"
    Stephen Gaimari, Fly Times

    "This book is a great contribution and the most complete and comprehensive analysis of the group. Both authors are the world specialists on Sciomyzidae and share with the readers more than 40 years of studies and experience. Without any doubt, this work is the best example of “how to do” the best for the spread knowledge on biodiversity."
    Luciane Marinoni, Biological Sciences, Universidade Federal do Parana´ , Curitiba, Brazil for The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521867856
    • length: 526 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 195 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.31kg
    • contains: 229 b/w illus. 4 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword by Benjamin A. Foote
    Foreword by Rudolf Rozkosny
    Avant propos
    About the authors
    1. Introduction
    2. Natural enemies of Mollusca
    3. Malacophagy in Diptera
    4. Life cycles
    5. Host/prey ranges and preferences
    6. Host/prey finding
    7. Feeding behavior
    8. Competition
    9. Phenology, reproduction, and development
    10. Macrohabitats and microhabitats, guild structures and associations, threatened species, and bioindicators
    11. Natural enemies
    12. Defense mechanisms
    13. Population dynamics
    14. Morphological, physiological/behavioral, and genetics and related aspects
    15. Systematics and related topics
    16. Zoogeography
    17. Evolutionary considerations
    18. Biological control
    19. History of research on Sciomyzidae
    20. Methods
    21. World checklist of Sciomyzidae and Phaeomyiidae

  • Authors

    Lloyd Vernon Knutson, Salita degli Albito 29, Gaeta, Italy
    Lloyd Vernon Knutson is an Emeritus of the US Department of Agriculture's Systematic Entomology Laboratory and the current Cooperating Entomologist at Centro Nazionale per lo Studio a la Consevazione della Biodiversita Forestale, Verona, Italy. He has studied the Sciomyzidae for over 40 years and has published over 90 papers on various aspects of their biology.

    Jean-Claude Vala, Université d'Orléans, France
    Jean-Claude Vala is Professor of Biology at the University of Orleans. His published work on the Sciomyzidae covers field collections, life cycles, biology, scanning microscopy of immature stages and ecological adaptations relating morphology with larval habitats.

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